Sydney to host ATE 2013

first_imgNew South Wales’ capital city, Sydney has been selected to host Australia’s biggest tourism event next year, a decision that will help the local industry capitalise on the event’s business opportunities, according to Destination NSW chief executive Sandra Chipchase.Announced this morning, it will the second time in three years Sydney will host the event that is expected to run from 26 April to 2 May in 2013.”We are delighted to host the event in Sydney again next year and the Destination NSW team has already started preparations for the event to ensure international buyers and the world’s leading travel trade media can discover new and exciting experiences in Sydney and NSW,” Ms Chipchase said.“ATE is the largest international travel trade show of its kind in the southern hemisphere and we will be working hard to make the Sydney event in 2013 the best yet, casting a global spotlight on Sydney and NSW yet again.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Air New Zealand Cathay Tourism New Zealand unite

first_imgAir New Zealand regional general manager Asia Sandeep Bahl said the campaign will specifically tap into the buoyant Hong Kong market as well as attract high value visitors to New Zealand. The campaign also includes a special fare offer to New Zealand between August and November. Air New Zealand and its codeshare partner Cathay Pacific have teamed up with Tourism New Zealand to drive more Hong Kong visitors into New Zealand. New joint campaign to usher moreHong Kong tourism into NZ.center_img Launching today, marketing activity will focus on increasing awareness of New Zealand as a leisure destination as well as showcase the experiences it offers. Source = ETB News: NJlast_img

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Travel Partners goes hightech

first_img“The written word of endorsements and testimonials is always tinged with suspicion,” Travel Partners managing director Jeff Hakim said. The new, interactive brochure is a stepping stone for Travel Partners in its ambition to become a high-end, differentiated organisation – targeting experienced, credentialed agents and agencies. “I really wanted other potential Travel Partners to see and hear their peers speak in their own way and manner, about their own experiences since becoming Travel Partners,” Mr Hakim said. Click image above to watch Travel Partners video booklet introduction. Travel Partners has released an innovative direct mail campaign via a high-tech video booklet. For more information, click the image above or to obtain a video booklet, contact Travel Partners by email or visit their website. “We have gathered a terrific and powerful group of head office administration team that support our growing band of Travel Partners around the country, and we have many outstanding stories of Agents’ success, since joining Travel Partners.” The video booklet features audio-visual testimonials from current Travel Partners agents, as well as information about the administrative support and benefits available to potential members. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

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SeaDream 1 sets sail from Rome

first_imgChampagne greeted guests as they boarded the SeaDream yacht throughout the sunny Saturday afternoon on the 8th of August.All guests were set for a week of luxury sailing on board SeaDream 1, and the first evening definitely lived up to expectations.After the passengers experienced the seamless and effective check in system, it was off to the Top of the Yacht Bar for sail-away cocktails. With the sun setting on the horizon it set the scene for what would be a fantastic week ahead.A four course dinner was then served in the Dining Salon on the yacht, which included a wide variety of menu options that was fully customisable for each individual guest.The food was delicious from the first course to the last and the wine complimented each course very well as it was selected by the very knowledgeable staff members.After dinner, guests had the option to continue the night on the top of the yacht with some drinks or alternatively head back to their suites to rest for the day ahead in Sorrento.Guests awoke to the sun rising over the hills of Sorrento on one side of the yacht, and the eerie mist hovering over Mount Vesuvius on the other, which provided a stunning 360 degree breakfast backdrop.For the day ahead, SeaDream provided some optional land excursions for passengers who wanted to explore Pompei and Sorrento, other guests went ashore on the tenders and sightsaw at their own pace.Lunch was served on top of the yacht, with the stunning Sorrento scenery in view, and making full use of the all-inclusive style, some guests sipped many cocktails by the pool.For dinner, the staff set up the top decks of the yacht for an outdoor dining experience, which was timed well with the sunset over Sorrento.After the meal, in the Main Salon, a movie was played on the big screen with passengers enjoying freshly popped popcorn throughout.Guests then retired to their luxury suites to get some much deserved rest before another exciting day, this time in the petite Almafi Coast town of Positano.Julie DenovanDirector of Business Development Australia(02) 9958 4444jdenovan@seadream.com,or www.seadream.comSource = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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ChivaSom International Health Resort announces completion of 12 month

first_imgSource = Chiva-Som International Health Resort Chiva-Som International Health Resort announces completion of 12 month renovationChiva-Som International Health Resort announces completion of 12 month renovationChiva-Som International Health Resort, Thailand’s pioneering health and wellness destination, unveiled the completion of a 12-month renovation including refurbishments to 29 newly designed Ocean Rooms and Suites. The refreshed suites provide an elegant wellness experience beyond the world-class treatments, quality and comfort the retreat is known for.The new-look Ocean Rooms and Suites feature a Thai-contemporary palette boasting innovative use of eco-friendly textiles and rich fabrics including Thai Teak wood, bamboo and silk. Hidden mood and sensor lighting systems further maintain the resort’s signature Thai tranquillity while spacious bathroom and dressing room areas seamlessly blend luxury with wellbeing.  Additionally, seating areas on outdoor terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows provide guests with a truly immersive nature experience.This highly anticipated renovation was completed by Designrealization, one of the world’s best architecture and interior design firms. In-room amenities were also enhanced as part of the renovation, including new guest robes, added sleep spray, stationery and a special take-home bag.“We listened carefully to our guest feedback and included this in the design brief so we are delighted that guest response to the improvements has been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic,” said Sheila McCann, General Manager at Chiva-Som, of the renovation.The new rooms have been completed with LEED standards in mind for environmental friendliness, continuing with Chiva-Som’s dedication to sustainability.Chiva-Som Health Resort – Hua Hin, ThailandChiva-Som Health Resort is dedicated to revitalizing the mind, body and spirit and represents tranquility at its best with the beachfront, luxurious accommodations.  As Asia’s first comprehensive wellness retreat and destination spa, the resort focuses on greater well-being and vitality, offering extensive fitness, spa and holistic health retreats to restore, rejuvenate and redirect.  Personalized programs and treatments are designed for each guest, blending Eastern philosophies with Western diagnostic skills. Chiva-Som has been a destination health spa industry trendsetter for more than 20 years.last_img read more

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SpiceJet to operate flights to Dubai from Amritsar and Kozhikode

first_imgSpiceJet has announced the launch of direct flights to Dubai from the cities of Amritsar and Kozhikode (Calicut), services of which will commence from November 15, 2015. To celebrate the launch, it is offering tickets at an introductory fare of Rs 4999 all-in one way between Kozhikode-Dubai and Amritsar-Dubai.While SpiceJet will operate daily flights on the Kozhikode-Dubai route, flights on the Amritsar-Dubai route will operate on all days except Saturday. It will be deploying its Boeing 737NG aircraft on the newly launched routes. With the launch of these flights, the airline will now serve Dubai direct from eight Indian cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kochi, Madurai, Amritsar, and Kozhikode, with connections from more cities including Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.last_img read more

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Vivek Karulkar

first_imgIt’s the second time that I am participating at OTM exhibition. It has not only expanded compared to last year, but has been very well organised. This time we have got an array of suppliers to meet and understand the industry. I had also utilised the online meeting diary feature through which I was able to conduct meetings with travel trade professionals whom we generally don’t meetlast_img

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Radisson Blu launches 3rd property in Ethiopia

first_imgHotel industry giant, The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group added another iconic Radisson Blu hotel in Ethiopia in the city of Bishoftu. The new property will be open to the public on 2020. The group is operating a Radisson Blu Hotel in Addis Ababa, since 2011 and is planning to roll out another Blu within next 18 months. “Ethiopia is one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies with a population of more than 100 million people. We are further cementing our position as one of the leading hotel groups in Africa and look forward to continuing our expansion on the continent, and delighted to add our third Radisson Blu hotel in Ethiopia,” said Andrew McLachlan, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.Bishoftu located 35km southeast of the country’s capital city, Addis Ababa, is a popular MICE and leisure destination. The hotel will be located on Lake Babogaya, which forms part of the region’s renowned five crater lakes.“Radisson Blu Hotel, Bishoftu is a great addition to our Ethiopian portfolio as we expand outside of the capital city. Once open, the hotel will be the first internationally branded hotel with the largest meeting and events centre in Ethiopia, outside of Addis Ababa,” added McLachlan.“I believe and share the aspiration of the regional government of Oromia and other stakeholders that the hotel will contribute into making Bishoftu a tourist destination city,” commented Sami Getachew, General Manager of Adulita Conference and Spa Resort Hotel PLC, the owners of the property.”The hotel will feature 152 rooms, a restaurant and a terrace, a speciality restaurant and a pool bar on the terrace, offering picturesque lake views.last_img read more

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Builder Confidence Rises to Nearly NineYear High

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Confidence Homebuilders Housing Starts National Association of Home Builders New Home Sales 2014-09-17 Tory Barringer Share As sales of new homes continue to disappoint, homebuilder confidence is still on the rise, according to a measure from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).NAHB’s Housing Market Index, a gauge of builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes, rose four points in the group’s latest reading to 59, nine points above the benchmark separating a market largely viewed as good from one viewed as poor.September’s gain brings the index to its highest value since November 2005, NAHB reported.”Since early summer, builders in many markets across the nation have been reporting that buyer interest and traffic have picked up, which is a positive sign that the housing market is moving in the right direction,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly.All three index components saw improvement in September, with the index of future sales expectations leading the others at a reading of 67. Meanwhile, the present sales index picked up five points to 63.Trailing the other indices is NAHB’s gauge of prospective buyer traffic, which remains below the neutral line at 47.The continued rise in builder sentiment could bode well for single-family housing construction, which was up 8.3 percent in July to an adjusted annualized rate of 656,000.Growth in that segment is still lagging compared to the multifamily market, however, which saw a 33 percent jump in starts in July.NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe explained that despite their optimism, homebuilders nationwide remain constrained by a number of hurdles.”While a firming job market is helping to unleash pent-up demand for new homes and contributing to a gradual, upward trend in builder confidence, we are still not seeing much activity from first-time home buyers,” Crowe said. “Other factors impeding the pace of the housing recovery include persistently tight credit conditions for consumers and rising costs for materials, lots and labor.”center_img September 17, 2014 691 Views Builder Confidence Rises to Nearly Nine-Year Highlast_img read more

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Homebuyers Adore February

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Homebuyers 2017-01-30 Timothy McNally Property data provider ATTOM Data Solutions released an infographic concerning the best times to purchase a home. According to their data, February is the best month for those looking to buy a home at a discounted rate.By analyzing historical data for 50 million single family homes and condos for sale from 2000-2016, ATTOM was able to pinpoint February as the optimum month to buy a home. As the report notes, homes in February were sold with an average 6.1 percent discount per square foot compared to the rest of the year. 3,087,974 homes were sold in the month of love at a median price of $103.9 per square foot.   The report also notes that the five days with the largest historical discounts all fall in February as well.“What many buyers and sellers—and even real estate industry professionals—may not realize is that there is a seasonality to the real estate market,” stated Daren Blomquist, SVP at ATTOM Data Solutions. This is clearly true in the case of the data provided by ATTOM, as the four months which made the list are the first four months of the year.“This is because the spring and summer selling seasons have not yet kicked in, so demand from buyers in general is tepid. At the same time, sellers are starting to post homes for sale in anticipation of the spring selling season, providing more inventory than might be available in and around the holidays (November through January),” he continued.”February always seems to be a good month,” said Ruben Peña, President of TC Austin Residential Group and Chairman of the Five Star’s FORCE (Federation of REO Certified Experts) Advisory Council.  “By February, people who have had their house on the market since December think, ‘If I get an offer, I’ll take what I can get even if I have to give a little discount.'”It seems that this sentiment begins to build in January, as the month ranked second on ATTOM’s list, with 3,177,564 homes being sold during the 16-year period at a median price of $104.5 per square foot. That equates to an average discount of 5.6 percent when compared to all homes sold within a year.March, with 4,108,321 homes being sold in the 16-year period, came in third place with an average discount of 3.6 percent, amounting to median square foot price of $106.7. April closed out the list in fourth place, with 4,254,871 homes being sold at a 1.8 percent discount or a median per square foot price of $108.8. Sharecenter_img January 30, 2017 602 Views Homebuyers Adore Februarylast_img read more

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HouseCanary Announces New EVP of Analytics and Additional HPI Outlet

first_img HouseCanary, a modern data analytics company for real estate professionals, recently announced that Dr. Alex Villacorta has joined the team as Executive Vice President of Analytics. Previous to this announcement, Villacorta was at Clear Capitol where he created and led the research and housing analytics team.“Having gotten to know the HouseCanary team over the last three years, it’s been exciting to watch their growth and vision for redefining real estate data and analytics and transforming the industry,” said Villacorta. “The residential market is critically important to everyday homeowners and to the national economy, and HouseCanary’s genuine passion to make valuation and risk assessment consistent and reliable for all market players has been inspiring—I’m beyond excited to be joining a group of true innovators.”Additionally, HouseCanary announced that mortgage lenders and servicers can now access the nation’s most granular and accurate Home Price Indices (HPIs) and forecast models from HouseCanary through First American Mortgage Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of First American Financial Corporation.“We selected HouseCanary HPIs to further enhance our industry-leading real estate data offerings, allowing our lender and servicer clients to more accurately assess and forecast risk in their portfolios,” said Kevin Wall, President of First American Mortgage Solutions. “Mounting price dispersion within local markets and the ability of HouseCanary’s advanced analytics to deliver insight into these markets at the ZIP Code level provides lenders and servicers with an opportunity to upgrade their risk management and forecasting capabilities.”HouseCanary said their unique valuation models process hundreds of inputs from capital markets to local crime and include views from individual properties. By doing this, they are able to forecast home price appreciation or identify risk with unparalleled precision and local granularity.“By leveraging HouseCanary’s HPI forecasts as part of First American Mortgage Solution’s suite of products and services, lenders and servicers can catch market moves early and manage risk with improved confidence,” said Christopher Stroud, HouseCanary’s Chief of Research.Powered by modern machine learning algorithms that meticulously analyze historic, current, and future price trends yielding 40 years of history, HouseCanary said their HPIs are the industry’s most accountable 3-year forecast. The algorithms rebuild their data models every month to continuously look for new home value trends within thousands of analyzed data points to provide coverage for all 381 metro areas in the U.S. and more than 18,000 residential zip codes.The result? Ninety-four point three percent directional accuracy for a 1-year forecast. This translates into providing the most detailed minutiae for thousands of local markets. HouseCanary Announces New EVP of Analytics and Additional HPI Outlet July 7, 2017 524 Views Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News HPI 2017-07-07 Brianna Gilpinlast_img read more

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Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories PHOENIX – Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner said Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not have done enough to be inducted into the Hall of Fame even if he wins a third Super Bowl this Sunday.Warner was asked on Sports 620 KTAR’s Gambo and Ash show if he thought Roethlisberger belonged in the Hall of Fame. Not yet, according to Warner.Warner disputed the idea that winning championships alone should get someone into the Hall of Fame. “I believe that this era has become about winning championships for a quarterback,” Warner said. “But I just look at it from the fact that the best players to ever play this game belong in the Hall of Fame. And I’m not saying he won’t be that guy. But I’m not sure he’s there yet. I’m not sure if he just wins this game if that classifies him as one of the best to ever play the game.”Warner said that it would take more than Super Bowl rings and Roethlisberger’s 10-2 record in the playoffs to get him into the Hall of Fame.“I like Ben,” Warner said. “I think Ben’s great and I think he’s a winner. And to me that speaks volumes for your legacy. But when you’re talking about the best quarterbacks in the league, you have to look at all the factors here.I mean, he won a Super Bowl and he was 8-23. But he won the Super Bowl and he gets that on his resume. But he was still 8-23.” (Roethlisberger completed 9-21 passes in Super Bowl XL against the Seattle Seahawks.)According to Warner, Roethlisberger has never carried his team for long stretches, though he admits that is something he has never been given the chance to do.center_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals Pro-Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson is getting paid. There is no doubt about that. What does Peterson’s new deal look like compared to the other top cornerbacks in the NFL? Glad you asked. In looking at the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman and Cleveland Browns’ Joe Haden, Peterson is right in their ballpark — with a little more. Sherman agreed to his deal in May just before the NFL Draft. Haden signed his a couple of days after the draft. Your browser does not support the audio element. And if you want to look at the yearly average, Peterson and Sherman are at $14 million with Haden’s at $13.5 million.Getting into the bonuses and year to year against the cap number is confusing and often times not available when it comes to NFL contracts. So, from what we know with the above, Peterson is the highest paid corner in the league. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories LISTEN: Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Comments   Share   This tweet from Waiting For Next Year’s Jacob Rosen breaks it down easily.Richard Sherman: 4yrs, $57.4M, $40M guaranteedJoe Haden: 5 yrs, $68M, $45M guaranteedPatrick Peterson: 5yrs, $70M, $48M guaranteed— Jacob Rosen (@WFNYJacob) July 30, 2014 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “We get to work and do what we’ve got to do, we look back at this game and it was just a game. It was something that motivated us to get back to where we needed to be and not let it happen to us again.” – / 27 Somewhere in the middle of the two extremes lies the truth. The Cardinals are not a great team, but they are a good one — perhaps even very good.They weren’t necessarily outplayed by the Rams — the Cardinals outgained St. Louis 447 yards to 328, had twice as many first downs (26 to 13), got at least one first down on every possession and possessed the ball for 33:13. The Cardinals lost, really, because they shot themselves in the foot for most of the game, turning the ball over three times, converting just two of 11 third-down chances and scoring a touchdown on just one of their five trips inside the red zone. Carson Palmer wasn’t particularly sharp, and the defense had just enough lapses to allow the Rams to burn them.Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the game came down to his team just not making plays that were there for the making.“We didn’t get it done,” he said. “We just didn’t play well enough to get it done.”But did putting themselves in position to do so only to continually fall short make it even more frustrating?“Hell yeah,” the coach answered.If you’re looking for a silver lining in Sunday’s loss, that could be it. The Cardinals were not outclassed or out-talented. While it would be foolish to not give the Rams any credit as they made plays when they had to and did not make mistakes, it’s not unreasonable to see this loss as one due more to what the Cardinals did to themselves or didn’t do at all than anything else. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Rams won 24-22. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories Some may view their issues as stemming from overconfidence leading into the game, but the Cardinals say that wasn’t at all the case.“No, no, we’re not that kind of group,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said when asked if maybe the team needed to be humbled. “We’re a bunch of blue-collar guys, we come to work every day. We’re not one of those kinds of teams that needs to be humbled.“But it’s the NFL. I’ve been in it for a while, you’re always going to get served some humble pie. It’s just how it happens in this business. Personally, as a team, it just happens that way. The good teams are able to be resilient and bounce back from this type of loss. We’ve got two on the road so our mettle’s going to be tested the next couple weeks.”Indeed, the Cardinals were going to lose sooner or later, and while it was expected to be later, it counts as just one loss. And following it, the message has been about bouncing back.“I told the team at the end it’s how you respond,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said. “You lose a game, it sucks, it happens in the NFL. You’re still 3-1 and we’re still sitting in a good situation, so if we go out there and respond and play football we’ll be OK, it’s as simple as that.” Comments   Share   center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling So how do the Cardinals respond?As Fitzgerald noted, they will hit the road for a pair of road matchups, first with the Detroit Lions and then the Pittsburgh Steelers. There’s a good chance the Cardinals will be favored to win each game, meaning if they take care of business, they could be 5-1 by the time they return to Arizona for a Monday Night Football tilt with the Baltimore Ravens.That wouldn’t be a bad record at all. In fact, it’s one that most people probably would been more than happy with had they been asked before the season began.Should the Cardinals have won Sunday against the Rams and extended their record to 4-0? Probably, but for a variety of reasons, they did not do that. Whether they needed to refocus after a couple of cushy wins or not, their only concern is making sure this does not become a habit and something that snowballs into the rest of the season.“Just go back, watch the film, see what you did wrong, work on it this week and go get a win,” safety Rashad Johnson said. “I mean at the end of the day the season isn’t over. We’ve still got a lot of ball left to play. We’re 3-1, still on top of the NFC West, and the ball is in our court. We control our own destiny. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — Last week, after the Arizona Cardinals destroyed the San Francisco 49ers 47-7, they were the talk of the NFL.After all, any team that can do that must be one of the best in the NFL, if not the best.This week, after that same Cardinals team fell to the St. Louis Rams 24-22, there’s no doubt some of the talk will be about how they were being overrated, that they had yet to face a competent team and upon finally doing so, lost. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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Put it all together and it should come as no surp

first_imgPut it all together, and it should come as no surprise that the Cardinals are listed among the best offenses in the NFL. According to an ESPN Insider piece, according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA, Arizona actually has the third-best offense in the league, behind only the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals.No, Arizona’s offensive improvement this year is not just about Carson Palmer finally being healthy. The Cardinals’ offensive numbers in 2014 were certainly dragged down by a few disastrous weeks of Ryan Lindley under center, but the Cardinals weren’t exactly a juggernaut when Palmer was healthy, either.Arizona finished last year with minus-9.3 percent offensive DVOA, which ranked 23rd in the league. In the six games started by Palmer, they had minus-8.5 percent offensive DVOA, which would have ranked… 23rd in the league.In reality, everything in the Arizona offense has improved this season. That does include Palmer, who is playing better than he has in years. But it also includes the receiving corps and the running game, where Larry Fitzgerald and Chris Johnson both seem to have found the fountain of youth.The Cardinals also are getting great play on the offensive line, which had been a major weakness for years. Arizona ranks second in adjusted line yards and sixth in adjusted sack rate. Between the better blocking, the re-emergence of CJ2K and the fine rookie performance of David Johnson, the Arizona running game has gone from 30th in DVOA a year ago to 10th this season.It’s possible this ranking comes at a bad time for Cardinals fans, who just saw their team score just 13 points in a road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, Arizona did rack up 469 yards of offense in the game, with Palmer passes accounting for 421. Though they had trouble getting the ball into the end zone, the Cardinals had little issue moving up and down the field — which is a sign of just how good their offense can be. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) celebrates with Larry Fitzgerald after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) Through six weeks, the Arizona Cardinals have tallied the most points in the NFL at 203. That equates to an average of 33.83, which is a number any team would be pleased with.Of the 25 touchdowns the team has scored this season, 21 have come from the offense, which has featured a nice balance between a dynamic passing game and an effective running game.Carson Palmer has thrown 14 touchdown passes, which is tied for the second most of any QB in the league, to six different players, while Arizona’s top three backs — Chris Johnson, Andre Ellington and David Johnson — have all reached the end zone at least two times via a rush. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Of course, having all the offensive firepower in the world does not mean much if it does not equate to points, which is something the Cardinals know they have to do a better job of. Still, it’s not like they’re incapable, and that has to be viewed as a positive. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals Darnell Dockett left signs au

first_imgArizona Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett, left, signs autographs after NFL training camp football practice at Northern Arizona University, Friday, July 27, 2012, in Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Get ready for Darnell Dockett, the uncensored version.The former Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle will officially announce his retirement Monday afternoon, and while it appears he’s hardly held back in his social media tactics as a current NFL player, it apparently isn’t the case. 😊………. pic.twitter.com/GqumIFjCUh— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) May 1, 2014McCarron and Dockett eventually made up following the previous awkward discussion.***As for the rest of Dockett’s antics, well, many could be deemed unsuitable for children. At this point, you might as well give the retired favorite of Cardinals fans a follow on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and beyond. I love @Oprah some of yall think its a joke but u can’t hide love and feelings! $he is my $oulmate please stop hating! Ill do anything 4 her— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) April 4, 2011 Top Stories — DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 2, 2014 Police said “do you mind if we look around in your Vehicle?” I said I sure DO! He said “I’m gonna call back up” I said u wanna use my phone?— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) June 27, 2011 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Hold up!!!!!!! I think I’m gonna get kicked out!! For my comment saying “yall had this guy guilty no matter what” and my pizza is here!🍕— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 2, 2014Weird love affairsDarnell Dockett has a crush on Oprah Winfrey. He reminded us about it quite a few times over the past few years. This cop just ask me how tall R u & where R U from! I’m bout to ask him can I go across the street to POPEYS while we sitting here waiting!— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) June 27, 2011Mmhhh, Popeye’s. Anyway, Dockett didn’t get a ticket.Darnell suffers through jury dutyDockett’s best live-tweeting came in 2014 when he was summoned for jury duty.Despite doing everything in his power to be released, Dockett spent hours at a courthouse live-tweeting to the dismay of courthouse employees. Ok so now they asking everyone to cut the phone off. I have 2 phones and Twitter app on both. cool I’ll give up this android keeping iPhone— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 2, 2014 — DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) June 27, 2011 Heyy babe @Oprah . I got ur voicemail this morning ill call u in like 20min! Damn I miss u!— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) March 28, 2010 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact My pet tiger his name is “buddy” I’m gonna bring him to a practice in training camp atleast “one day” he’s handsome! pic.twitter.com/XiFHvzr7PC— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) July 23, 2013center_img I was trying to buy him, “skeeter” but I couldn’t guy wouldn’t sell 😩😭. He would have been with me everywhere!😤 pic.twitter.com/5sM5YQl9tE— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) July 24, 2013The traffic stopDockett quickly secured his status as one of the best live-tweeters of personal events.In 2011, he was pulled over for allegedly speeding and refused to allow an officer to search his car. Apparently, Dockett won out in this game of chicken even though he was hungry for some. That’s what I’m trying to do.. RT @Tamieand: @ddockett lol keep tweeting they gonna send you home !!— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 2, 2014 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling I just walked in to another court room . Look at this guy ball spot.. He should be getting judged too!! #guilty pic.twitter.com/mkO5gQ79YU I’m bout to get back voicing my opinions on Twitter now I’m gonna retire so I can really say what I want! #nofilter— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) July 22, 2016Dockett just got on the SnapChat train, and there’s a good chance his outlandish posts and outspoken opinions will only increase as the 35-year-old moves beyond his playing days. But to remember what potential lies unlocked, we will first rehash the most memorable Dockett social media posts of the past.An animal loverThat VICE Sports went alligator shopping with Dockett in 2014 isn’t an outlier.The man loves rare and, usually, dangerous animals.Dockett infamously discussed his plan to bring a baby tiger to Cardinals practice. For reasons we can understand, he never did. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo They have no idea Im am double parked in a handicap spot out side this court house in a 450k car with a registered pistol. Who am I to judge— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 2, 2014 @Oprah I love you Bae.. No one will ever take your place. This is our song.😘 pic.twitter.com/OfhTpqjGNa— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 12, 2014There was also this very awkward crush on Katherine Webb, a former Miss Alabama who became famous when she was shown at the 2013 BCS National Championship game, where she was supporting her then-boyfriend and current husband, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron. I don’t know if I’m sneaking on Twitter or just don’t want them to know I’m tweeting. Either way they are looking at me.👀 and Im like 🙇— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 2, 2014 0 Comments   Share   There R 3police cars and they are talking! I don’t see A search warrant they won’t see inside this escalade! I got all day hope they don’t! Anybody knows how long jury duty last ?— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 2, 2014last_img read more

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first_imgFollow Adam Green on Twitter TEMPE, Ariz. — Larry Fitzgerald has yet to miss a game this season, so even though the receiver is banged up, it may be unwise to assume the Arizona Cardinals will have to make it a go without their leading pass catcher.Even in Sunday’s 23-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers, after Fitzgerald left the field with an apparent injury at the end of the second quarter, he ended up playing on 87 percent of the team’s offensive snaps — most among receivers — and caught 12 passes for 133 yards. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Wetzel was solidImmediately following Sunday’s win, Arians said he couldn’t really evaluate left tackle John Wetzel’s performance but noted he didn’t notice him so that must have been a good sign.By Monday, he had a chance to watch the film, and his impression did not change.“In the running game, poor,” he said of his offensive line overall. “In pass protection, fairly solid. I thought John Wetzel played a really solid game. But the other guys can all play better.”Wetzel was making his first career start at left tackle, a position he will handle now with starter Jared Veldheer on injured reserve.In evaluating his first start, Wetzel said he needs to work on small stuff, including technique issues. But overall, the game went as expected.“I was kind of prepared and nothing really surprised me like that,” he said.Wetzel said he felt more comfortable as the game went on, and having a chance to play some left tackle in Carolina aided his transition.“Once you get the first couple plays in, for me, I started to get a little comfortable, go out there, do your job and make some blocks and you start feeling a little bit more comfortable as the game keeps going,” he said. “And then you’ve just got to maintain that as the game keeps rolling.” FILE – In this Oct. 30, 2016, file photo, Arizona Cardinals’ Andre Ellington (38) is tackled by Carolina Panthers’ Leonard Johnson (23) in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. Panthers cornerback Leonard Johnson made a big impact in his first game with Carolina last Sunday with eight tackles and a sack against the Arizona Cardinals. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   “I assume,” he said. “But my job is just to stay ready, whenever they call on me just to be ready to go.”Injury updateThere will be no official injury report until Wednesday, though Arians said there was nothing major to report on that front Monday. As noted above he said he believes Fitzgerald will be day-to-day, and he put Alex Okafor in that same group of players who could be back at practice Wednesday or Thursday. As for safety Tyrann Mathieu, who missed Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury, the coach said he, too, is day-to-day.“We should have everybody back for this ballgame,” he added.Mathieu was close?Up until Friday of last week, Arians had refused to rule Mathieu out for the game against the 49ers. Turns out, by Sunday, Mathieu was closer to being able to play than not.“Probably about 80 percent,” Arians answered on how close the safety was to suiting up.But, it appears Mathieu is on track to play in Minnesota, as Arians said Monday his strength is back and he will be cleared to get back on the field.“I want to see him practice and see how he looks,” the coach said.Mathieu injured his shoulder early in Arizona’s Week 8 loss to Carolina. After the game, 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward told reporters Fitzgerald informed him that he tore something, and though Fitzgerald did not say anything of that sort, he did admit he’s felt better.Fitzgerald did add he expects to be ready to play in the next game on the road against the Minnesota Vikings, and on Monday Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said his receiver is day-to-day and that he “would be shocked” if his star missed the game in his hometown.If Fitzgerald cannot play, however, the next man up at his position may not be a receiver. In talking about Andre Ellington’s increased involvement early in Sunday’s win, Arians said they would have liked to have given him another series, but that was not doable.“With Larry — he had practiced in Larry’s spot at receiver all week,” Arians said. “So, that gives us more depth in case Larry is hobbled.”Now in his fourth season, Ellington is learning a new position.“Been learning it day by day,” he said. “It’s just a different role I’m taking on right now. But I enjoy the role, and I’m going to make the best of it.”For a running back, Ellington has shown solid ability in the passing game. He has 105 career catches for 951 yards and three touchdowns, and is an electric player with the ball in his hands. So in a lot of ways, it makes sense that the team would at least experiment with him in the role, if only because David Johnson is not likely to cede too many snaps at running back. But still, there is a difference between being someone who can make plays as a receiver out of the backfield and one who can actually play the receiver position.“It’s different, just because you’ve got a guy pretty much running with you the whole time,” Ellington said. “As opposed to running routes off linebackers, now you’re running them off DBs. It’s a little bit of a different feel, but it’s an adjustment I can make.”Even if the 5-foot-9, 199-pound Ellington gets the hang of playing Fitzgerald’s role, there is no chance he could replicate what the 6-foot-3, 218-pound receiver does on a play-by-play basis. Ellington said the biggest adjustment for him would come on the timing routes, and as long as he gets his steps down he’ll be good.Whether the Cardinals have to turn to Ellington as a receiver or not, as Arians said, working him in that spot would give the team more receiver depth, which is big since the position took a hit when Jaron Brown was lost for the season with an ACL injury.Ellington is not sure if he will continue to get reps at receiver, but says if that is what they want him to do, he’s fine with it. Besides, that change — along with his early involvement in Sunday’s win — could be a sign that the team wants him involved in the offense.last_img read more

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first_imgOn Saturday, Feb. 4, the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee will decide on who will make up its class of 2017.Kurt Warner is among 18 finalists who are up for enshrinement, and we here at Arizona Sports wanted to take a look back at his storybook career as well as the impact he had on the Arizona Cardinals.In the second installment of “Kurt: A Retrospective Video Series,” we talk about the most memorable games he ever played as a Cardinal. – / 29 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories last_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, right, is tackled by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell, center, as cornerback Justin Coleman (28) closes in during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The NFC West is the third-best division in football, Around the NFL’s Gregg Rosenthal wrote.Filled with strong coaches, young quarterbacks and four teams undergoing remodeling, Rosenthal thinks the NFC West could be a formidable division.“This has been the best division in football on balance for the decade — and it’s on the way back up,” he wrote.First, he mentioned the head coaches of the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling All that adds up to what Rosenthal considers the third-best division heading into 2018.The best: He says the NFC South.The New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons each made the playoffs last season.Even the fourth team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have shown potential.“The Bucs’ stirring comeback win over the Saints in Week 17 of last season was a reminder that there are no easy games here,” Rosenthal wrote, before adding that the Bucs have improved their offensive line.“This is the only division where all four teams are realistic threats for double-digit wins,” he said.The other division above the NFC West was the NFC North, which will feature the Kirk Cousins-led Minnesota Vikings, the Matthew Stafford’s Detroit Lions and a healthy Aaron Rodgers for the Green Bay Packers.Plus, Mitch Trubisky will enter year two for the Chicago Bears.As for the rest of the power rankings:No. 4: AFC South – Jaguars, Titans, Colts and TexansNo. 5: AFC North – Steelers, Ravens, Bengals, BrownsNo. 6: AFC West – Chiefs, Chargers, Raiders, BroncosNo. 7: NFC East – Eagles, Cowboys, Redskins, GiantsNo. 8: AFC East – Patriots, Bills, Dolphins, Jetscenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan are set up to have the best coaching rivalry of the next decade,” Rosenthal said.He then briefly mentioned quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo by saying Shanahan “has the edge” at the quarterback position. Garappolo saved San Francisco from an embarrassing finish, leading the team to victories in all five of his starts to close the season.Related Links4 Cardinals on CBS Sports’ Top 100 players, none on PFF’s listDavid Johnson’s absence means ‘valuable reps’ for other Cardinals RBsArizona Cardinals 2018 schedule: By the numbersMcVay’s quarterback is no slouch himself; Jared Goff showed his rookie year struggles were a thing of the past behind the new, young coaching staff.While the Seahawks have not won more than 10 games since 2014, their history and core means the NFL has to sleep with one eye open.“Any team led by Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner and Earl Thomas can’t be counted out,” Rosenthal wrote.Finally, he got to the Cardinals: “Any offense with Josh Rosen and David Johnson should be fun to watch.”It’s still unclear how long it will take for Rosen to grab the reins from presumptive starting quarterback Sam Bradford. And Rosenthal didn’t even mention future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald or Pro Bowlers Patrick Peterson and Chandler Jones.last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 12 Comments   Share   By ESPN’s count, the Buffalo Bills have just as bad of playoff odds as the Arizona Cardinals. Starting the season 0-2, they each have a 0.3 percent shot at the postseason.ESPN’s Bill Barnwell will give the Cardinals a better chance of turning things around.In his rankings of the seven 0-2 teams to start the 2018 NFL season, Barnwell rated Buffalo as the only team below Arizona. The Bills, after all, began the year with Nathan Peterman starting at quarterback before flipping to rookie Josh Allen in Week 1. During their second game, another knee-jerk reaction came when head coach Sean McDermott took the play-calling away from his defensive coordinator and watched as veteran cornerback Vontae Davis retired mid-game.center_img While the Cardinals have been outscored 58-6 through two games, the Bills have outdone their dreary counterparts out west. They are the first team in 40 years to be blanked 48-0 in the first halves of their first two games. So why does Barnwell hold a slightly bit more optimism for Arizona compared to Buffalo?The answer: talent.I do have more hope for the defense improving. The Cardinals are allowing teams to convert on 50 percent of their third downs, the second-worst rate in the league behind the Bengals, and even a bad defense won’t keep that up for a full season. They have one takeaway in two games. Opposing receivers are averaging a league-high 7.27 yards after catch against the Cardinals and haven’t yet dropped a pass. There’s too much talent in this secondary for that to keep up, and the Cardinals are still third in the league in pressure rate on defense, so the pass rush has been lively.Related LinksCardinals remain steadfast in support of wide receiversBehind Enemy Lines: New-era Bears visit CardinalsArizona Cardinals looking for spark from Golden, GreshamBarnwell, however, doesn’t like Arizona’s playoff odds that sat at a projected 10.2 percent entering the year. Teams that begin 0-2 historically have an 11 percent shot of making the playoffs, and the NFC isn’t going to do the Cardinals any favors. (AP photos) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The obvious next step if things don’t go right on Sunday against the Chicago Bears just might include starting rookie quarterback Josh Rosen over veteran Sam Bradford, Barnwell agrees.But there are pressing concerns regarding the future of more seasoned players, especially on the defensive side of the ball.As is the case with the Bills, Arizona needs to evaluate its young guys. Deone Bucannon, who is in his fifth-year option and once looked like a star in the making, played 25 snaps last week. Former first-round pick Haason Reddick played three. The Cardinals need to see what they have there, even if it means taking away snaps from veterans like Antoine Bethea and playing more linebackers.Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks alluded to changes both in his rotations last week — he went with veteran Gerald Hodges in front of Bucannon — and in his comments after Sunday’s 34-0 loss to the Rams. For now, it’s about attempting to earn the team’s first win.In any case, the clock is ticking in terms of key pieces adjusting to Wilks’ systems and vice versa.last_img read more

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